How to Downgrade Chrome on Windows 10 Pro

Google Chrome rolled out an update today that broke the WebCam integration for one of our clients, which required us to downgrade Chrome on a number of machines. Unfortunately, we were not able to find a good tutorial on how to downgrade Chrome. Hence, we put together this tutorial.

Our client, which makes use of an internal web application to run their facilities, started to receive an error message when invoking the WebCam that stated that Chrome could not access the WebCam.

Google Chrome Error Message - Downgrade Chrome

Google Chrome Error Message – Downgrade Chrome

We dug into the WebCam javascript code, but it was late on a Friday night. There was no way that we were going to be able to patch the code, so we chose to downgrade Chrome on those machines that needed to make use of the internal web application.

The trouble is downgrading Chrome is not easy. Google is brutal about keeping Chrome up to date. I searched Google for how to “downgrade chrome”, but none of the suggestions worked.

We had to brute force the downgrade of Chrome with the following steps:

  1. On your Windows search bar, type Add or Remove Programs
    Add or Remove Programs - Downgrade Google Chrome

    Add or Remove Programs – Downgrade Google Chrome

  2. Navigate to Add or Remove Programs
  3. Type Chrome into the Search box in the Add or Remove Program screen
    Uninstall Google Chrome

    Uninstall Google Chrome – Downgrade Google Chrome

  4. In the Add or Remove Programs, on Google Chrome, click on the Uninstall button.
  5. Follow the instructions to remove. Make sure to remove your previous browsing data.
  6. Once you’re done removing chrome, open Internet Explorer.
  7. Navigate to the following URL, https://www.slimjet.com/chrome/google-chrome-old-version.php
  8. On the display of old versions of Chrome, select an older version that you would like to make use of. I selected Version 69.0.3497.92.
    Select an older version of Chrome to install

    Select an older version of Chrome to install

 

  1. Select to Download the version. Do not Run! If you run, then the Chrome Updater will be installed.
  2. When the setup program for the older version of Chrome is finished downloading, select the “Open folder” button.
    Launch the install of an older version of Google Chrome

    Launch the install of an older version of Google Chrome

  3. In the download folder, double click on Chrome StandaloneSetup64.exe.
    Double click on Chrome StandaloneSetup64.exe

    Double click on Chrome StandaloneSetup64.exe

 

  1. In the installation of Chrome, when the installer prompts to make use of Google Update, say No.
    Click on Google Update Setup

    Click on Google Update Setup

  2. Follow the remaining steps to install Chrome
  3. After Chrome launches, shut down the Chrome application immediately.
  4. Open Task Manager. Find the Google Installer process.
    Find the Google Installer in the Task Manager

    Find the Google Installer in the Task Manager

  5. Right mouse click on Google Installer process on the Task Manager, select “Open file location”.
    Open file location on the Google Installer in the Task Manager

    Open file location on the Google Installer in the Task Manager

  6. Control will be granted to Explorer. Keep the Explorer open.
    Find GoogleUpdate.exe in the File Explorer

    Find GoogleUpdate.exe in the File Explorer

  7. Go back to Task Manager, select the Google Installer process again, right mouse click, select “End task”. Kill the Google Installer.
  8. Switch back to Explorer. On my machine, the location is C:\Users\Joel\AppData\Local\Google\Update.
  9. Rename the “Google\Update” Folder to “Google\BadUpdate”. If for some reason, you can’t rename the Update folder. Go back into Task Manager and kill every Google Chrome and Google Installer process that you can find.
    Rename the Google Update Folder to Google BadUpdate

    Rename the Google Update Folder to Google BadUpdate

  10. Launch Chrome again.
  11. Click on the three dots in the upper right-hand corner, select Settings from the Menu.
  12. In the Settings view, click on the Hamburger menu.
  13. Next, click on the “About Chrome “button.
  14. You should be stuck on the current version of Chrome.
    You should be stuck on your version of Google Chrome

    You should be stuck on your version of Google Chrome

 

If at a later date you want to turn Google Update back on, simply rename the BadUpdate folder back to Update and restart Chrome.